Second season of soccer. Spring season of first grade.
“Go to the ball, Oliver. Go for the goal!”
Not sure if he has a knack for soccer, a budding interest or like, or just a strong competitive drive.
Perhaps he is simply motivated by the pride of seeing me cheer him on from the sidelines.
Originally focused on just girls, Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York City in 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women with support from foundation founder Gloria Steinem, in response to research finding that young women’s loss of self-esteem was one of the reasons they were not doing well in schools and were making poor life choices. In 2003 the program was expanded to include boys although many companies that celebrated the day included boys from the beginning. Over the years the program has expanded to go beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult to exposing girls and boys to the value of education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day theme was Service Force, Agents of Positive Change.
A multi-year campaign built by the Earth Day Network is to End Plastic Pollution. For Earth Day, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosted an afternoon of walks, talks and games to teach us how plastics impact our environment.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that allows students to use creativity and teamwork to solve a challenge problem with a long-term solution. For our first graders the theme was to create a cooking show. The kids created the script, scenery and props.
His first season of basketball he had never attempted to dribble a ball until the first practice. From chucking the ball when his dribbling skills slowed him down to going after every rebound and passing to his teammates his growth is a testament to the patience and diligence of his coaches and his tenacity.
The most intuitive of numbers, eleven, also symbolizes disorder, extravagance and rebellion. It comes after the wholeness of ten, a decade of childhood complete, but before twelve, the beginning of angst and separation. At eleven I can still kiss you on the lips, hug you in front of your friends and be the source of your truth. You laugh at my jokes, you patiently explain video games, anime and hip hop songs and you accept my reasoning and explanations for why things have to be my way. A golden time, I realize, soon enough I will be challenged to vie for relevance and coolness.